Residents team up to repair a Weymouth road

HARD AT WORK: Residents Terry Hawker, Eileen Spooner and Barry Walsh repairing the road behind their house

HARD AT WORK: Residents Terry Hawker, Eileen Spooner and Barry Walsh repairing the road behind their house

First published in News by , Trainee Reporter

RESIDENTS have teamed together to repair a Weymouth road that the county council refused to fix.

The road behind Ferrybridge Cottages is ‘unadopted’ which means it is not owned by anyone and it does not fall under the responsibility of the council.

Residents say the road was damaged during the storms at the beginning of the year, causing large potholes and a request to the county council for a donation of tarmac scalping was refused but was later provided at a cost of around £200 Resident, Terry Hawker said: “We decided we would all chip in and raise the money to do it ourselves and it worked out at costing around £20 each.

“We’re all over the moon with the result, it’s nice to be able to walk down the road without getting your feet wet after it’s rained because of the huge puddles that were on the road where the potholes were.

“Everybody really got stuck in and helped out. My neighbour offered to help wheel some of the stuff out and she’s 80 years old.

“I did the rolling which was a bit of a bone-rattling job.”

It took the residents around three days to complete it.

Mr Hawker said: “I’m so pleased with the spirit of the community on the lane, everyone chipped in however they could, they really worked like trojans.”

Travis Perkins supplied the residents with a Tarmac roller at half the usual cost so they could finish fixing the road.

“I want to say thank you to Travis Perkins for the roller,” said Mr Hawker. “When we told them we were pensioners and we didn’t have a lot they offered us a discount.

“Dorset County Council also deserves a thank you as they were very responsive and supplied us with Tarmac scalping very quickly.”

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12:03pm Fri 8 Aug 14

eylesdf says...

Well done for repairing your own, un-adopted road. I lived in a village back in '70's and '80's where there were a few miles of un-metalled resident maintained roads. They were good speed deterrents. We all contributed each year and had a work party. It was 1 mile to my house at the end of a cul-de-sac. It brought the community together. Unfortunately someone stole our road-roller and the job became more difficult. The council then decided to adopt our roads. Not much consultation and each householder had to contribute. I was faced with a £1200 bill for the 30ft frontage. A big bill for a house worth only £40,000. A few years later it was dug up to lay gas to the village.
Well done for repairing your own, un-adopted road. I lived in a village back in '70's and '80's where there were a few miles of un-metalled resident maintained roads. They were good speed deterrents. We all contributed each year and had a work party. It was 1 mile to my house at the end of a cul-de-sac. It brought the community together. Unfortunately someone stole our road-roller and the job became more difficult. The council then decided to adopt our roads. Not much consultation and each householder had to contribute. I was faced with a £1200 bill for the 30ft frontage. A big bill for a house worth only £40,000. A few years later it was dug up to lay gas to the village. eylesdf
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